Rehab center to rise in Bilar

Rehab center to rise in Bilar

      The provincial government is now finalizing the engineering design of a rehabilitation to be called Bohol Youth Home to be constructed in the town of Bilar, an overdue share of the local government unit in the implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.

      The city government of Tagbilaran may also establish its own Paglaum Center for children in conflict with law.

      Governor Edgar Chatto confirmed the plan of the provincial government to put up a rehabilitation center for youth offenders in the town of Bilar.

      As of now, the governor is just waiting for the final engineering design of the building to be constructed in a government-owned property in Bilar.

      The governor assigned Liza Quirog to head the technical working group that prepares the documents and the project profile of the rehabilitation center to be called Bohol Youth Home.

      Quirog, coordinator of the Social, Economic and Environment Management (SEEM) cluster of the provincial government, assured that the engineering or structural design of the building will be finished this month.

      The program of work will also be finalized by then with a slight increase in the estimated cost.

      Prior to the October 15 earthquake, it was estimated at P55 million, including the personnel and experts to be employed.

      However, with the increases in the prices of construction materials, the project cost is expected to also increase a bit.

      Quirog explained that Bilar has been chosen as the site because it is where the three-hectare property owned by the provincial government is located and the rural ambience is seen to be conducive for the activities that are part of the rehabilitation process that the children in conflict of law will have to undergo.

      The design and the complete project profile will be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for approval and to the governor for affirmation and sourcing out of funds.

      According to Liza Quirog, the governor had already discussed the matter with DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman for assistance from the national government.

      Bohol Reps. Rene Relampagos, Aris Aumentado and Arthur Yap are also requested to lobby the rehabilitation project for inclusion in the line item budget deliberation so that the national government can provide the allocation.

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